Gym Form Dual Shaper - Product Review: Does it Work?
Dual Shaper Packaging
Burn Belly Fat with No Effort?
Some people would say, no pain no gain; however, the Gym Form Dual Shaper speaks the opposite. It's main attraction is practically doing nothing, but you lose inches off your waist. Sounds like a dream. However, first, what is the Gym Form Dual Shaper?
The Gym Form Dual Shaper is an ab belt that uses Electronic Muscle Stimulation (or EMS) technology combined with vibrations. EMS is defined as eliciting muscle contractions using electric impulses. Through the years, many (scientists/coaches) have used EMS for athletes to help in their training. It is believed that body functions induced by electrical stimulation can cause long-term changes in the muscles.
The use of Vibration to elicit muscle contraction is said to be even better than doing sit-ups.
This is the biggest selling point of the Gym Form Dual Shaper: you can do two things at once! You can use it while reading, surfing the net or watching TV.
What's Inside the Dual Shaper Gym Bag?
How to use the Dual Shaper
1. Peel off the plastic covering the elctrodes if you want to use the EMS function.
2. Strap it to your waist and turn it on.
3. Press the main power button.
4. Press either the vibration or EMS on/off button.
Manual vs Auto Program for Vibration
Default time is 30 minutes. In the automatic feature, intensity levels range from level 1 to level 5.
Electro-Muscular Stimulation (EMS) has 5 programs.
Program 1 - Toning (21 min)
Program 2 - Reducer (20 min)
Program 3- Silhouette (24 min)
Program 4 - Calorie burning (24 min)
Program 5 - Reaffirming (22 min)
Don't use if:
1. You have undergone an opertation recently.
2. You have an electronic implant (ex. pacemaker)
3. You have a heart problem.
4. You are pregnant.
5. You have cancer or epilepsy.
6. You are near a short-wave or microwave therapeutic equipment.
7. You are breastfeeding.
Please consult your doctor before using this equipment if you suffer from any serious diseases not mentioned like diabetes; or if you underwent an operation.
Women need to wait...
* at least 6 months after the birth of your child or 3 months after a Cesarean (but consult your doctor first).
* a month after having an intrauterine device fitted
* after the first days of your menstruation
These are just some reminders that you can read on their instruction manual upon purchase of the dual shaper.
Gym Form Dual Shaper Controls
Skeptics - there are a LOT
While researching about EMS and Vibration in aiding weight loss, there are many disheartening reports saying that it is not ENOUGH to lose fat/reduce weight or the most distressing, it DOES NOT work at all.
While they may be true, or wrong I still would like to believe that personal testament is the best source. So maybe if we couple the Gym Form Dual Shaper with some diet and some exercise it could help, rather than doing nothing at all, since I've noticed that if you're already fat/big you CAN still get fatter/bigger.
Some people do a bit of diet and exercise, but time is often lacking.
Buying, Returns, Refunds
How to buy:
In the Philippines, you can buy the Gym Form Dual Shaper via the Home Shopping Network. Please see link on the picture below this for their facebook page.
P 3,495 pesos + Shipping fee
In US dollars it's around $80-85 depending on the conversion rate used.
Mode of Payment:
Through Credit Card or Cash on Delivery
In case your product has a problem, like mine did, you have to pay attention to their return policy.
1. Within 36H (that's a day and a half) upon receipt of goods, and it has a problem; FREE REPLACEMENT, FREE PICK-UP, FREE DELIVERY
Note: In my case, they had it fixed but it was NOT new when they sent it back to me. Although it says, free replacement. I'm just happy that it's working now, so not demanding for a new one. They might send me a new one with the same problem.
2. After 36H and up to 7 working days; Free replacement, but delivery costs including pick-up is shouldered by the buyer.
3. More than 7 days up to 3 months: Free Labor; Spare parts and delivery charges are again shouldered by the buyer.
4. After 3 months, you can still get them to fix it if anything is wrong, but all expenses are paid by the customer.
Customer Service Response
One sign of a trustworthy, reputable company is how they respond to their product complaints: When I realized my Dual Shaper was not working at 1am in the morning, I immediately called the number I used to order the product at 7 am. The lady on the other line tried to help me troubleshoot the device, but no such luck.
Problem: No power/does not turn on.
The lady told me that I have to attach the electrodes to my skin for it to turn on. After receiving the fixed product, I would like to correct her, that if there is power, upon plugging it, the device would turn on or give some indication that it is connected to a power source. Attaching the electrodes is NOT a must for it to be turned on. In fact, you can use the vibration feature alone without having to use the EMS.
After making certain that I did all that I could, she told me that a representative will call me again.
2nd call: The person in the phone tried to help me troubleshoot the product again. Since I was at work, I told him that I have previous experience with the product since I had one before. So unless they did a huge change on it, I know how it's supposed to work and the item they sent me really does not work.
A few days later, someone picked it up. After waiting a few more days, they told me that it has been fixed and it will be sent back to me.
Note: They did not give me a new product since when it arrive, I can see that it has just been taped again. But at least now I am assured that it has been tested and now it works.
Gym Form Dual Shaper Infomercial
Other important info not shown in the ad
Electrodes - they wear out. They recommend that you replace it after 30 uses. For replacement, you can buy it also from them. Upon inquiry 2-3 years ago, it costs P500 excluding Shipping costs.
The Tickle Factor - When I first used the EMS, it was ticklish. I had to restrain myself from laughing. This second time around, I guess I've gotten used to it.
Gym Form Dual Shaper
Will you give it a try?
As I've mentioned before, I have used this product 3 years ago and I did not lose weight significantly.
So why did I buy it again?
While I did not lose weight, I also did not increase significantly. After my Gym Form Dual Shaper broke, months after my pants started to become more tight. Though there could be a lot of factors (increase food intake, decrease movement), maybe the Dual Shaper did help somewhat in my belly area.
So far so good... I've been using it for two weeks excluding that time of the month during monthly courses. My waist area is minus 0-1/2 inch since half an inch is still inconclusive for me due to several factors. I will re-edit this if it is more conclusive like 2 inches and more.
If you have experience with this product good or bad feel free to comment.
For new users, after reading reviews online, I would not encourage you to buy it but neither would I discourage you to do so (unless medically contraindicated). After all, I did but it twice. You can give it a try for curiosity's sake.
Note: This is not a paid review, nor did I receive the product for free in exchange for a review.